Shia LaBeouf backs out of 'Rock the Kasbah'
Actor Shia LaBeouf poses for photographers, with a paper bag over his head that says 'I am not famous anymore' on the red carpet for the film Nymphomaniac at the International Film Festival Berlinale in Berlin, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014. (AP / Axel Schmidt)
Published Saturday, March 29, 2014 10:46AM EDT
Currently in the midst of an artistic crisis, the actor has decided to step down from his role in this comedy from director Barry Levinson.
The Disney Channel idol turned action movie star has elected not to take part in "Rock the Kasbah." Since late January, 27-year-old Shia LaBeouf had been attached to play a military man in this film about a music manager (Bill Murray) who comes across a talented young female singer while travelling through Afghanistan.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, LaBeouf's departure was agreed upon amicably. A detail worth pointing out, since the actor's unexpected behavior off the set has often garnered more media attention than his on-screen performances.
Following an infamous drunk driving accident in 2008 and a brawl three years ago, LaBeouf was at the center of a plagiarism scandal in late 2013. Accused of copying Dan Clowes' comic "Justin M. Damiano" in his short film "Howardcantour.com," the actor ultimately confessed. At the 2014 Berlin Film Festival, the actor made headlines again by walking out of a press conference for Lars von Trier's "Nymphomaniac" and emerging later on the red carpet wearing the slogan "I am not famous anymore" on a paper bag over his head.
Free of his commitment to "Rock the Kasbah," Shia LaBeouf now has a completely empty schedule. The actor will nonetheless appear in theaters in mid-November in "Fury." Brad Pitt and Michael Pena are also cast in this David Ayer film, which follows the crew of an American tank behind enemy lines during World War II.